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It Might Get Loud

Director: Davis Guggenheim, Starring: Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. Released 2008.

It Might Get Loud is a documentary directed by Davis Guggenheim about guitar legends Jimmy Page, Jack White and The Edge. There is no significant connection between these three other than they are deeply passionate about their music and the electric guitar, and the documentary is simply a conversation with these three about their influences in artistic style and their experiences in making music. While listening to three guys ramble on for two hours may sound like a pretty boring documentary, I couldn’t have been any more entertained when watching this movie.

It’s always fun to get into a conversation about something you’re tremendously passionate about. You get so excited that when you can’t hold back any longer,you open up the gates and unleash a stampede of hardly comprehensible dialogue  trying to show how much you know and care about something. Or, if you can’t do that, it’s just as much fun towatch people get into conversations about stuff they’re tremendously passionate about! (Now there’s an idea for a movie!)

It’s obvious these guys love what they do. Watching Jimmy Page rock out to Link Wray’s “Rumble” with a huge, childish grin on his face or listening to Jack White’s stories about capturing soul in his music the way his Son House, backwater blues influences did, should be evidence enough.Fact of the matter is these guys are artists one hundred percent and each story they tell is twice as touching and inspiring as the last.

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Documentaries are excellent at capturing real events, thus telling great stories and It Might Get Loud definitely does not disappoint in that regard. The editing and mashing of interviews, original filming and archival footage creates an amazing aesthetic effect, and sure tells one heck of a story. One example that really stands out is when The Edge talks about a point in his life when he doubted his song writing skills and didn’t think he was a very good artist and how he was living in a time where there was “such a disregard for human life”, and then after a brief pause it cuts to footage of him playing “Sunday Bloody Sunday” in front of a massive  crowd. Good stuff.

As well as documenting stories, this film displays great camera work. From extreme close-ups of their fingers strumming to various pans and tilts of their guitars. This film not only captures the beauty of the artist, but the beauty of their instrument as well.

It Might Get Loud offers enough technical jargon to keep hardcore guitar fans satisfied and is a must see for documentary and music fans alike. Go watch it!